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Tweetable Logline: A Turkish immigrant living in New York with her husband, Damla must now return to her homeland & confront a troubling secret from her past.
Elevator Pitch: ACROSS THE SEA is an award-winning first feature directed by Esra Saydam and Nisan Dag that will be making its North American premiere at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival.
A Turkish immigrant estranged from her homeland, Damla, lives in New York City with her husband Kevin, expecting their first child. But with the memories of a first love continuing to haunt her, Damla returns to Turkey and confronts a troubling secret from her past.
The film features Turkish television star, Damla Sönmez, and Ahmet Rıfat Şungar, who was in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Cannes winning film, THREE MONKEYS.
Esra Saydam (Co-Director/Co-Writer)
Nisan Dag (Co-Director/Co-Writer)
Ozcan Vardar (Editor) (Previous credits: TEPENIN ARDI, SEABURNERS)
Gerry Kim (Producer) (Previous credits: TO BE TAKEI, THE HOUSE OF SUH)
Mayuran Tiruchelvam (Co-Producer) (Previous credits: TO BE TAKEI, THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE)
Alvaro R. Valente (Producer)
Robert Lavenstein (Producer)
John Wakayama Carey (Cinematographer) (Previous credits: CHILDEATER, ABOVE THE SEA)
About the Film:
Esra: The film was originally a short story idea that I had after feeling homesick while living in the U.S. Back then, nothing was going well in my ‘American life’. I pitched the story to my co-director Nisan while we were both at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. This film was meant to be a love letter to our first loves back home in Turkey.
Nisan: ACROSS THE SEA is more than a romantic love story. In the film, we explore different kinds of love, as well as explore the hardships and rewards of living a cross-cultural life.
Current Status: The film is completed, but we need help getting to Slamdance! This includes raising funds for a publicist and assembling promo materials.
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